M.R. Sharan is a Senior Research Associate at IDFC Institute. He is a graduate student in the Ph.D. programme in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His primary fields of interest are development economics and political economy. He is part of a series of research projects in India and his work attempts to better understand the linkages between State policy, politics, citizens, and government. He has previously worked as a researcher at the office of the Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, J-PAL South Asia, and IGC India. He holds a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from Hans Raj College, and an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. He is the author of the novel Blue (HarperCollins, 2014).